The latest news from Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes.
|Posted by CPOF on May 14, 2018 at 3:40 PM|
As we approach our 80th Anniversary, tickets for our 38th Annual Concert on Saturday 23rd June are now on sale.
Find out more on the Event page.
|Posted by CPOF on April 29, 2018 at 7:40 PM|
Saturday (28th April) saw Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes travel to Troon Concert Hall, to take first place at the Scottish Amateur Flute Association's (SAFA) Scottish Open Spring Contest.
Adjudicating the contest was Mr Alan Friel. Alan is currently Head of Instrumental Services at East Ayrshire Council and made his name in the Brass Band world as sub-principal Trumpet with the Scottish Ballet Orchestra. He also adjudicates for the Scottish Concert Band Festival and Aberdeen Music Festival.
The contest had two sections, the graded section where each ensemble plays their own programme of music lasting no longer than 20 minutes, and an open march category. In both categories points out of 100 would be awarded as well as prizes for best piccolo, percussion, entertainment and the highest aggregate score overall.
The orchestra, ably led by Deputy Conductor Emma Kennedy, played played John Bryce's arrangement of The Dambusters March by Eric Coates in the Open March section This was the first public performance of this march.
In the first grade section of the contest, the orchestra performed Edvard Greig's Holberg Suite, arranged by conductor Jon Hargreaves. This a long and demading piece which showcases the different voices across the orchestra.
Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes were awarded first place in both the graded section and open march, with 98 points scored in both sections. The orchestra were also awarded the highest aggregate points trophy. The piccolo award was also presented to Carluke Primrose jointly with Glasgow Amater Flute Ensemble.
|Open March Section:|
|1st||Carluke Primrose||98 points |
|2nd||Glasgow Amateurs||97 points|
|Grade 1 Own Choice:|
|1st||Carluke Primrose||98 points|
|2nd||Glasgow Amateurs||97 points|
| Other Awards:|
|Piccolo||Carluke Primrose/Glasgow Amateurs (joint win)|
|Highest Points Aggregate||Carluke Primrose|
*all points scored out of 100.
The orchestra are now busy rehearsing for their Annual Concert, to be held on Saturday 23rd June in Kirkton Church. An evening not to be missed! See the Event page for more details.
|Posted by CPOF on March 22, 2018 at 8:10 PM|
On Sunday 18th March, CPOF travelled to Perth Concert Hall to perform at the National Finals of the Scottish Concert Band Festival. This is the first year the orchestra have competed in this competition, having qualified for the final in November. The orchestra played the full five movements of Greig’s Holberg Suite, guest conducted by Andrea Kuypers. CPOF were awarded a Gold Plus Award for their performance, with the adjudicator thanking “a fantastic ensemble” for their performance. Many thanks to Andrea for stepping in to the conductor's role!
|Posted by CPOF on March 13, 2018 at 4:35 PM|
Carluke achieved their best ever score at the 106th Glasgow Music Festival on Sunday. Under conductor Jon Hargreaves, the Primrose played an excerpt from Jon's own arrangement of Greig's Holberg Suite at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. The adjudicator placed Carluke first out of the four ensembles playing in Class 240, awarding 90 out of a possible 100 points. A score of 90 or over is given for "an exceptional performance both technically and artistically"; and this is the first time that Carluke have achieved this.
This puts the orchestra on a great footing before their first venture to the National Finals of the Scottish Concert Band Festival in Perth next week.
Unfortunately we were unable to film our performance in the Concert Hall, so click here to see the video of movements I & IV from our rehearsal before we headed into Glasgow.
|Posted by CPOF on January 24, 2018 at 3:55 PM|
The 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes took place on Sunday 7th January 2018 in the Carluke Lifestyles Centre.
The minutes of the previous AGM and the balance sheet for the previous year were proposed and seconded. Commitee Members for the year ahead were also elected, as follows:
| Committee Posts|
|5.||Fundraising Officer||Bryan Wood|
|6.||Marketing & PR Officer||Karen Russell|
|7.||Youth Orchestra Representative||Emma Kennedy|
|8.||Committee Member||Donna Black|
|9.||Committee Member||Hannah Watson|
|10.||Committee Member||Lauren Serrells|
|11.||Committee Member||Bryan Chalmers|
|12.||Committee Member||Alyson Nelson|
|13.||Committee Member||Pamela Wallace|
Equipment Officer Donna Black
Librarian Fraser Russell
Health & Safety Officer Gemma Wylie
|Honorary Presidents |
|John Chalmers |
|Honorary Members |
|Posted by CPOF on December 19, 2017 at 3:00 PM|
The orchestra were delighted to have been invited once again to St Marys Church in Lanark on Sunday evening, for our annual joint Christmas concert.
As always, it proved to be a hugely enjoyable and successful evening, with both the choir and the orchestra performing at their best. The concert culminated in a joint performance of O Holy Night.
The concert also included a performance of Mussorgsky's overture Night on the Bare Mountain, which was dedicated to Hughie Crosbie. Hughie led the Primrose between the 1970s and 1990s, taking us to our first ever contest victories but we were saddened to learn of his death earlier this month.
Together we raised a fantastic £1,286.76 to help homeless people, with all proceeds donated to The Wayside Club in Glasgow. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to all who came along and were so generous. We’re sure this donation will make the Christmas season a little brighter for some of the country's most vulnerable people.
|Posted by CPOF on December 6, 2017 at 2:55 PM|
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of our old conductors, Hugh Crosbie.
We have lots of great memories of Hughie - he was the conductor in our first Scottish Championship win, our first Scottish Open win, and our first Irish Open win, and put us on the road to being the outfit we are today. A true gentleman who will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with his family at this sad time.
|Posted by CPOF on November 8, 2017 at 4:00 PM|
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|Posted by CPOF on November 6, 2017 at 3:45 PM|
CPOF are currently hard at work preparing for their first regional qualifier at the Scottish Concert Band Festival, taking place on 19th November 2017.
We were delighted to have Andrea Kuypers come along to our last rehearsal and undertake a mock adjudication. Andrea provided us with some very useful feedback that we'll take to the qualifier!
Andrea is an accomplished musician, working both as a freelance performer and teacher, and leading flute teaching at Edinburgh Napier University. So naturally we are very grateful that she was able to take time out of her busy schedule to visit us.
- Details about the forthcoming qualifier for the Scottish Concert Band Festival are available on the Events listing.
- Find out more about Andrea and her work on her website.
- Andrea also runs Flutes du Soleil - a relaxed flute course which takes place in the stunning French Alps in Summer 2018. Find out more on the Flutes du Soleil website.
|Posted by CPOF on September 12, 2017 at 4:30 PM|
We were delighted to have been invited to Allanton Parish Church on 11th September, where we entertained a fantastic audience, matched only by the quality of the home baking!
Thank you to those who came along and to those who worked hard to organise the event. We hope to be able to join you again soon.